vitamin D: a misnomer

Following on from my previous posts on synthetic vitamins and iron, one of the biggest worries people have is regarding vitamin D deficiency.  Vitamin D deficiency affects about 10% of Americans and over 25% of people in the UK.  Medical advice in many countries is blanket supplementation of vitamin D of at least 400ui daily.  This is not a long lasting solution and can have long term health implications, like hormone, vitamin and mineral imbalances.  Let’s demystify vitamin D so that you can feel confident in increasing and maintaining adequate levels. (more…)

everything you didn’t know about iron deficiency

Earlier this week, I posted about synthetic vitamins, and how they aren’t a viable long term solution for resolving deficiencies.  I received a lot of feedback on those two posts, mostly related to iron deficiency and vitamin D deficiency.  A lot of my readers found the information difficult to digest and potentially dangerous.  I thought it would be helpful to delve into each topic in depth and give tips on how you can avoid health issues related to deficiencies, and increase your levels for these two naturally rather than relying on synthetic sources.  I will be posting about vitamin D later in the week. (more…)

why vitamins aren’t “just” vitamins

Last week, I talked about the importance of organic food with regard to nutrition.  This study showed that there is an inverse relationship between crop yields and nutritional content.  That is, as our food continues to be grown with synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, overuse of farming land, and aggressive modification methods, the benefit we are getting from eating say, a tomato, is diminished. A comprehensive study of 43 crops showed nutrient loss of up to 38% since the 1950s. (more…)

when to buy organic and when to save your money

Happy New Year!  I hope you have had a great start to the year so far, and are thinking about how you can make changes this year to result in a better you for 2018.

Throughout my health journey, one of the biggest thorns in my side has been organic food.  It can be incredibly expensive depending on where you live.  I once paid $12 for two organic chicken breasts on a quick trip to New York in 2015!  The great news is that not everything you eat needs to be organic.  Being smart about which foods you buy organic can help you get healthy without breaking the bank (more…)

floor-based living and why you should be doing it

I visited Pakistan for the first time in 2015.  My husband’s family is from there, and we were spending ten days split between the luxury of their vacation home in Lahore and the simplicity of my husband’s childhood home in Sialkot.  While the Lahore house had WiFi, air conditioning, modern plumbing, and window screens, the Sialkot home gave us mosquitoe bites, intense heat, and traveller’s diarrhoea.

One thing we didn’t have to worry about though were the toilets.  They were all standard toilets you would see in any bathroom in the UK.  No toilet paper, but there was always a hose handy for you to wash up afterwards.  I had heard about these squatting toilets which are common in many Asian countries, but thankfully had not been exposed so far.  I mean, who wants to use the bathroom squatting?  What if you fall back?

Until we went to my husband’s aunt’s house. I had to use the bathroom and I spot it, the squatting toilet. Nothing to hold on to or keep me from falling into my own waste. I squatted, expecting the worst. What I experienced was the most thorough bowel movement of my life! I probably lost weight and everything. I spoke about it at length to anyone that would listen for weeks after.

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food and health: why you literally are what you eat

It’s funny how one seemingly insignificant event can change your life forever.  Five years ago, I found myself ill with what I was told was glandular fever.  I couldn’t get up from bed, I couldn’t stay awake, and I had difficulty taking care of even my most basic needs.  I had to be medically excused from work, and I remember casually mentioning to my HR representative that this was the second time I experienced this in my life.  She told me, “you can’t get glandular fever twice.”  No, you definitely could, because I had these same symptoms 11 years before.  She assured me that I couldn’t, and suggested that I ask my GP for a test to confirm a diagnosis.  It turns out that I never had glandular fever before.

After two months in bed, countless blood tests, specialist referrals and appointments and steroid treatment, I was diagnosed with Sjogrën’s Syndrome.  Made famous by Venus Williams, Sjogrën’s occurs when the body starts attacking its exocrine glands.

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three books that changed my way of thinking

I used to be one of those people that always worried about everything. I would play out a million scenarios in my head about all the things that could go wrong with everything in my life. I would talk about things that happened years ago, and I never let anything go. I was unhappy. I lost my spirituality, my connection to anything in the world except my own mind, and that of the “experts” that we entrust with our lives. Anyone looking from the outside in, with a little more connection to their inner selves, would have said I was broken.

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